I figure this is a good place to post a question regarding some Monitor speakers.
I have auditioned the Silver RX1 and RX2 speakers, against some Klipsch Reference models, PSP Image models, and Polk RTiA models. All bookshelves, with similar specs and prices.
To my untrained ears, the Klipsch were more enjoyable than the Polks. Then the PSB Image B6 pair sounded better than the Klipsch. Finally, had the chance to here the Monitors along with the previous, and the RX1 really blew the rest away! I was impressed. To be honest, at slightly higher than normal volume levels, I found extremely little difference between the RX1 and RX2. I would guess that if you were absolutely blasting the levels, the slightly larger RX2 would hold up better, but the RX1 seemed to be the perfect balance of size, sound and price. Originally, I was looking to spend $500 for a pair of bookshelves, but the Monitor speakers might very well force my hand.
Whatever speakers I buy will be powered by a Denon 2113CI - and likely spend at least half the time performing HT duties. But I want the time that I DO play music to be good quality.
But this is neither here nor there, being that this is already a Monitor thread...
My three questions would be:
1) Am I wrongly discounting the value of spending more for the RX2? If the RX1 already pushes my planned budget past $500, is there really enough advantage to ruin the budget even further for the slightly larger RX2?
2) Where are people getting the best (authorized) deals on Silver RX speakers on the web inside the U.S.? I've looked at a few places I've bought from before, but none carry Monitor. Google will give some answers, but it would provide reference like from these forums.
3) What's a good price for BNIB? I would assume no one pays MSRP.